April 24, 2019 by HCDE-Texas
Video: Sheldon ISD students talk about the game of golf: https://youtu.be/5WqxoAzwclM
Students are using the game of golf to learn math-and-science concepts and character development as Harris County Department of Education’s Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment for Kids (CASE for Kids) joins with Kids’ Day with Little Birdies Mobile Golf Academy.
The Kids’ Day event was held April 24 at F.M. Law Park, 8400 Mykawa Road. Students ages 4-12 who studied the Kids’ Day curriculum in their CASE for Kids afterschool programs showed off their golfing acumen and competed with other schools.
Students attending were from Aldine ISD’s Raymond Academy, Alief ISD’s Liestman Elementary and Martin Elementary, Houston ISD’s Benbrook Elementary, Pasadena ISD Frazier Elementary, Sheldon ISD Garrett Elementary and Sheldon Elementary and the Academy of Accelerated Learning Charter School.
Kids’ Days are supported by CASE for Kids and Houston-Galveston Area Council funding.
CASE for Kids provides Kids’ Days as the culminating day where students showcase what they’ve learned and celebrate their accomplishments,” said CASE for Kids Director Lisa Thompson-Caruthers. “Afterschool activities can reinforce social-emotional learning (SEL) so that children get to explore and understand their emotions. We also provide academic reinforcement. In addition, kids get an opportunity to sample the fine arts and hobbies such as golf, dance or even fencing.”
Little Birdies’ Archie Craft, owner and lead instructor, said the curriculum he uses for Kids’ Day reinforces academics, character education and SEL.
“We talk about how far you hit the ball with this club versus the other club,” he said. “How much force do you need to put on the putter to make a three-foot putt? How can the wind effect your ball in flight?”
Afterschool vendors such as Little Birdies Mobile Golf Academy work with CASE for Kids to supply the extracurricular expertise through afterschool contracts. Students are enrolled in afterschool programs through their schools, community centers and child care facilities benefit.
CASE for Kids is an afterschool intermediary which provides resources, training and afterschool services for over 14,000 students and 2,800 teachers in greater Harris County. Partnering vendors like Little Birdies Mobile Golf Academy teach concepts, skills and fundamentals for particular subjects and interests.